Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star as two friends who reconnect, and decide to make their sexual relationship strictly physical

Sometimes there is no accounting for what turns people on, let alone what people think will turn other people on. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher are, together and separately, talented and attractive, and there’s nothing really offensive about their romantic comedy NO STRINGS ATTACHED. True, it defies logic and credibility in several major ways and its tone manages to be bland yet inconsistent, but it’s not mean-spirited, which gives it some points.

Eventually, of course, he falls in love with her, and she falls for him, which freaks her out so much that she pushes him away, but then … you know where this is going, right?

Anyone who saw the relatively recent LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS may understandably experience some flashbacks, as once again, a gorgeous young woman adamantly insists she wants only sex, not romance, from an appealing and initially obliging young man

In LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, there was some underlying motivation in the woman’s panic, and the man started out as a player, too.